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The Atelier

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Central Library, Helsinki
Central Library, Helsinki
Central Library Helsinki

Central Library, Helsinki

For the grand halls in Helsinki’s new architectural masterpiece Oodi library, kymo individually created and crafted Floorwear artworks in reminiscence of great Finnish fairy tales and authors.

Eight handpicked artists from Finland turned their illustrations into large area rugs, for the visitors of the library to dwell and read.

Marika Maijala

“I could hardly wish for more support, more specialist input or more being on the same wavelength for implementing my project.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Marika Maijala is a freelance author and graphic designer based in Finland. Her colourful illustrations have featured in children’s books in ten or more countries worldwide. She currently works in Artists’ House on Harakka Island in Helsinki. Maijala won the Vuoden Huiput Award alongside other illustrators for her unique carpet designs at the Oodi central library in Helsinki.

Helsinki Library Open Space
Marika Maijala Design

“For the Oodi library, I wanted to design a forest green rug on which both young and older visitors to the library could stay, read and imagine stories of their own.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Marika Maijala Design

“For the artwork, I went to the Pasila Library to borrow a collection of Finnish fairytales and let those stories get mixed up in my head.

Generally speaking, my favourite part of illustrating is the creation of characters, which is why I picked some of my favourite characters from the stories for the rug: a gluttonous giant girl, a boy who grew a horn on his head after eating a magical apple, children who turned into birds and a girl who wore iron boots. The cavalcade of characters in the stories, much like in the library, is varied and not just a bunch of princesses and peasants.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Piia Keto

“A responsible approach towards people, materials and copyright are essential for me.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto is a designer who works with all kinds of materials and surfaces. Originally from the fashion industry, she has now set up her own studio with customers from all over the world. Her creative concepts offer a treasure trove of visual stories, inspired by the inexhaustible inspiration of nature and the world of animals.

Helsinki Library Open Space
Piia Keto Design

“I wanted my art rug to represent Minna Canth, whose important work for equality has left a great impression on me.

I went to the library to borrow at least half a shelf metre of her works, the contents of which I proceeded to devour while lying in bed. Sometimes I would cry and be distraught, other times I would laugh. After immersing myself in Minna Canth’s time, I noticed that certain themes kept coming up repeatedly. This was women’s role in handicraft.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto Design

“I grabbed the end of this thread and contacted the Craft Museum of Finland in Tampere.

They provided me with a ribbon pattern that was most likely woven by her contemporaries. In my rug, the other end of the ribbon turns into a fire-breathing dragon. “Let not all women do handicraft work,” Minna Canth wrote in her letter in 1884. In my thoughts, the dragon with a fiery tongue is Minna Canth herself, not mincing words and saying what she deems necessary. There is no doubt that Minna Canth was a courageous and strong woman. However, I wanted to use the colours I chose to emphasise that all of us can be strong. Changing the world can start from a single thought, a single person, and you can be that person.”

Piia Keto, designer

Central Library Helsinki

Central Library, Helsinki

For the grand halls in Helsinki’s new architectural masterpiece Oodi library, kymo individually created and crafted Floorwear artworks in reminiscence of great Finnish fairy tales and authors.

Eight handpicked artists from Finland turned their illustrations into large area rugs, for the visitors of the library to dwell and read.

Marika Maijala

“I could hardly wish for more support, more specialist input or more being on the same wavelength for implementing my project.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Marika Maijala

Marika Maijala is a freelance author and graphic designer based in Finland. Her colourful illustrations have featured in children’s books in ten or more countries worldwide. She currently works in Artists’ House on Harakka Island in Helsinki. Maijala won the Vuoden Huiput Award alongside other illustrators for her unique carpet designs at the Oodi central library in Helsinki.

Helsinki Library Open Space

“For the Oodi library, I wanted to design a forest green rug on which both young and older visitors to the library could stay, read and imagine stories of their own.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Marika Maijala Design

“For the artwork, I went to the Pasila Library to borrow a collection of Finnish fairytales and let those stories get mixed up in my head.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Marika Maijala Design

“Generally speaking, my favourite part of illustrating is the creation of characters, which is why I picked some of my favourite characters from the stories for the rug: a gluttonous giant girl, a boy who grew a horn on his head after eating a magical apple, children who turned into birds and a girl who wore iron boots. The cavalcade of characters in the stories, much like in the library, is varied and not just a bunch of princesses and peasants.”

Marika Maijala, illustrator & graphic designer

Piia Keto

“A responsible approach towards people, materials and copyright are essential for me.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto

Piia Keto is a designer who works with all kinds of materials and surfaces. Originally from the fashion industry, she has now set up her own studio with customers from all over the world. Her creative concepts offer a treasure trove of visual stories, inspired by the inexhaustible inspiration of nature and the world of animals.

Helsinki Library Open Space

“I wanted my art rug to represent Minna Canth, whose important work for equality has left a great impression on me.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto Design

“I went to the library to borrow at least half a shelf metre of her works, the contents of which I proceeded to devour while lying in bed. Sometimes I would cry and be distraught, other times I would laugh. After immersing myself in Minna Canth’s time, I noticed that certain themes kept coming up repeatedly. This was women’s role in handicraft.

I grabbed the end of this thread and contacted the Craft Museum of Finland in Tampere.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto Design

“They provided me with a ribbon pattern that was most likely woven by her contemporaries. In my rug, the other end of the ribbon turns into a fire-breathing dragon. “Let not all women do handicraft work,” Minna Canth wrote in her letter in 1884.”

Piia Keto, designer

Piia Keto Design

“In my thoughts, the dragon with a fiery tongue is Minna Canth herself, not mincing words and saying what she deems necessary. There is no doubt that Minna Canth was a courageous and strong woman. However, I wanted to use the colours I chose to emphasise that all of us can be strong. Changing the world can start from a single thought, a single person, and you can be that person.”

Piia Keto, designer

Temptation Resort, Cancun
Temptation Resort, Cancun
Temptation Resort, Cancun

Tempation Resort, Cancun

A successful cooperation with Karim Rashid for his huge Temptation Hotel project, has created one of a kind rugs for the over 430 guest rooms and lobby. Bubbly and colourful, the organically shaped rugs transport the vision of the star designer and support the hotels striking look in each particular area.

Karim Rashid

“Many thanks to kymo - the supporting factory - fashionable visions turned into an extra-ordinary carpet.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Born in Cairo and raised in Canada, Karim Rashid is the best-known designer of his generation. His groundbreaking style has turned him into something of a popstar in the world of design and he has already created his multidisciplinary works in more than 40 countries. Rashid’s works are on display in all major museums and as well as hundreds of awards, they have earned him two honorary doctorates.

Tempation Resort Lobby
Karim Rashid Design

“The new Playground for grown-ups.

I wanted the entire resort to create nothing but a feel-good environment that would inject positive emotion into the visitors. Design language is also poetry, it’s a mirror of human experience, so it should underpin and enhance this.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Karim Rashid Design

“But to do so, you have to wander off the beaten track and follow the needs of people.

The carpets that were created with THE ATELIER are now in over 430 guest rooms, and they were designed specially in keeping with my ideas, so the flowing forms blend in perfectly with my overall concept. The pièce de résistance comes in the lobby. The carpet has a diameter of 14 metres and it was fabricated in a single piece to stand at the centre of the whole room with its vibrant colour and organic symmetry. THE ATELIER managed to implement my vision to a T and has basically pulled off a masterpiece – technically and logistically.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Temptation Resort, Cancun

Tempation Resort, Cancun

A successful cooperation with Karim Rashid for his huge Temptation Hotel project, has created one of a kind rugs for the over 430 guest rooms and lobby. Bubbly and colourful, the organically shaped rugs transport the vision of the star designer and support the hotels striking look in each particular area.

Karim Rashid

“Many thanks to kymo - the supporting factory - fashionable visions turned into an extra-ordinary carpet.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Karim Rashid

Born in Cairo and raised in Canada, Karim Rashid is the best-known designer of his generation. His groundbreaking style has turned him into something of a popstar in the world of design and he has already created his multidisciplinary works in more than 40 countries. Rashid’s works are on display in all major museums and as well as hundreds of awards, they have earned him two honorary doctorates.

Tempation Resort Lobby

“The new Playground for grown-ups.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Karim Rashid Design

“I wanted the entire resort to create nothing but a feel-good environment that would inject positive emotion into the visitors. Design language is also poetry, it’s a mirror of human experience, so it should underpin and enhance this.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Karim Rashid Design

“But to do so, you have to wander off the beaten track and follow the needs of people.

The carpets that were created with THE ATELIER are now in over 430 guest rooms, and they were designed specially in keeping with my ideas, so the flowing forms blend in perfectly with my overall concept.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Karim Rashid Design

“The pièce de résistance comes in the lobby. The carpet has a diameter of 14 metres and it was fabricated in a single piece to stand at the centre of the whole room with its vibrant colour and organic symmetry. THE ATELIER managed to implement my vision to a T and has basically pulled off a masterpiece – technically and logistically.”

Karim Rashid, designer & founder of STUDIO KARIM

Dolce & Gabbana, Milan
Dolce & Gabbana, Milan
Dolce & Gabbana, Milan

Dolce & Gabbana, Milan

There’s no doubt that the Via Montenapoleone is the brightest star in Milan’s universe of luxury. So where else would Dolce & Gabbana open its flagship store and feature a new concept that would serve as a guiding light for other boutiques across the globe?

Gwenael Nicolas

“With kymo, we have found a Carpet producer that suits to us and responds to our wishes.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

Born in France, Gwenael Nicolas completed an interior design degree before studying industrial design in Paris and London. He then went on to found the CURIOSITY design studio in Tokyo, an international success story. The creative journey of CURIOSITY explores architecture, product design and interior design to establish groundbreaking design identities for renowned clients spanning a variety of sectors of industry.

Dolce & Gabbana Milan

“I wanted to create something that would get people stop in their tracks because they've never seen anything like it before.

The new Milan boutique was designed to connect the different personalities and spirit of Dolce & Gabbana, from past to future. The space reflects a dialogue between two worlds: the energy of Baroque and the clarity of Modernism. Much like what happens in a modern art gallery, the soft yet extraordinary mood of the ambiance reawakens a sense of discovery and renewed curiosity. The redesign of the venerable building centred around two main elements: briarwood and green marble. Interestingly, neither is typical for the brand. Accordingly, the carpets had to merge seamlessly into this world, underscoring its luxury while building a bridge to modernity.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

Dolce & Gabbana, Milan

Dolce & Gabbana, Milan

There’s no doubt that the Via Montenapoleone is the brightest star in Milan’s universe of luxury. So where else would Dolce & Gabbana open its flagship store and feature a new concept that would serve as a guiding light for other boutiques across the globe?

Gwenael Nicolas

“With kymo, we have found a Carpet producer that suits to us and responds to our wishes.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

Gwenael Nicolas

Born in France, Gwenael Nicolas completed an interior design degree before studying industrial design in Paris and London. He then went on to found the CURIOSITY design studio in Tokyo, an international success story. The creative journey of CURIOSITY explores architecture, product design and interior design to establish groundbreaking design identities for renowned clients spanning a variety of sectors of industry.

Dolce & Gabbana Milan

“I wanted to create something that would get people stop in their tracks because they've never seen anything like it before.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

Gwenael Nicolas Design

“The new Milan boutique was designed to connect the different personalities and spirit of Dolce & Gabbana, from past to future. The space reflects a dialogue between two worlds: the energy of Baroque and the clarity of Modernism. Much like what happens in a modern art gallery, the soft yet extraordinary mood of the ambiance reawakens a sense of discovery and renewed curiosity.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

Gwenael Nicolas Design

“The redesign of the venerable building centred around two main elements: briarwood and green marble. Interestingly, neither is typical for the brand. Accordingly, the carpets had to merge seamlessly into this world, underscoring its luxury while building a bridge to modernity.”

Gwenael Nicolas, designer & founder of CURIOSITY

From Vision to Reality
How we turn your vision
into a beautiful reality
Concept

We understand your vision and have a burning desire to make it a reality. Our expertise in all aspects of Floorwear allows us to accompany you on an efficient journey as you achieve the results you are looking for. Taking you through our ‘lean’ process, the destination is a truly unique carpet. The process starts with a short checklist – just ten questions that give us all the information we need to make you an offer that’s tailored to your needs. And it goes without saying that this CONCEPT phase will cost you nothing.

Composing

Once you have accepted our offer, it’s time to get down to work. Our experienced design team takes your ideas and inspirations to conjure up a layout. It’s also available to answer any questions regarding materials, colour, pile height, certifications or production parameters. We offer such a high degree of flexibility in both design and implementation that you might feel you’re a bit spoilt for choice. Also, all production methods can be offered from a single Floorwear specialist, making us the perfect partner for all carpets and rugs.

Mastering

As soon as your design has been signed off and the samples get a green light, we create a mock-up in the desired size. This is also used for final on-site approval. This marks the end of the design process. Now we can calculate final material quantities and issue the order confirmation.

Production

Once the order has been approved, we start production to ensure we meet key deadlines. We feel strongly about responsible production methods – for both people and the environment. Our high quality standards also mean we conduct regular quality checks. It’s also worth mentioning that our experts are not just available to answer questions during our internal processes – they’re also there to help afterwards.

One Design. Endless Options.
One Design.
Endless Options.
THE ATELIER sample box
Contract sample box includes examples of successful contract qualities

How do we sample a concept where basically everything is possible? We came up with this sample set showing a design idea in a variety of different qualities.

Eva Langhangs, Lead Designer at kymo, was inspired by a stone structure. She pulled out a small section and adapted it to a wide range of qualities. This allows us to show you product options for a variety of uses and budgets. So each sample showcases a unique variation on the design. Whether in highly realistic detail – almost down to individual pixels and in numerous colours, with 3D structures to offer a variety of pile heights, or just toned down to convey only a hint of the colour scheme.

high-end handtuftlobbies, lounges, ballrooms
commercial handtuftguestrooms
braidedguestrooms, outdoors
shiny axminsterpresidential suits
axminsterguestrooms, corridors
high-end printedguestrooms
commercial printedguestrooms, corridors
nylon tilesoffices, corridors
Dobergo, Lossburg-Betzweiler
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Royal National Opera, Stockholm

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Cordia, Budapest

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Dolce & Gabbana, Tokyo

Dolce & Gabbana, Tokyo

Bloomingdales, Kuwait

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Berluti, Paris

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Escada, St. Petersburg

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Porsche Design, Stuttgart

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City Loft, New York

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Suburban Mansion, California

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Byleilighet, Oslo

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Park Plaza Riverbank, London

Park Plaza Riverbank, London

Park Plaza Royal, London

Park Plaza Royal, London

Pentahotels, Prag

Pentahotels, Prag

kymo, Karlsruhe

kymo, Karlsruhe

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Radisson blu, Frankfurt am Main

Swarovski, London

Swarovski, London

Dobergo, Lossburg-Betzweiler

Dobergo, Lossburg-Betzweiler

General Electrics, Hong Kong

General Electrics, Hong Kong

Royal National Opera, Stockholm

Royal National Opera, Stockholm

Cordia, Budapest

Cordia, Budapest

Dolce & Gabbana, Tokyo

Dolce & Gabbana, Tokyo

Bloomingdales, Kuwait

Bloomingdales, Kuwait

Berluti, Paris

Berluti, Paris

Escada, St. Petersburg

Escada, St. Petersburg

Porsche Design, Stuttgart

Porsche Design, Stuttgart

City Loft, New York

City Loft, New York

Suburban Mansion, California

Suburban Mansion, California

Benetti Panthera Yacht

Benetti Panthera Yacht

Byleilighet, Oslo

Byleilighet, Oslo